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A?small,?low-cost?development?board?is?designed?to?help?beginners?learn?the?basics?of?computing.?The?FIGnition?inFUZE?8bit?computer?is?available?from?RS?Components.?The?distributor?says?it?takes?build-your-own?hardware?design?into?education.

The?customised?version?of?the?low-cost,?self-assembly?8bit?FIGnition?computer?has?been?developed?primarily?for?educational?use?as?a?simple,?practical?aid?to?understanding?basic?computing.?It?is?supplied?as?a?kit,?comprising?a?small,?bare?PCB?(Low?price,?high?quality?PCB?manufacturer?)and?a?set?of?components?including?an?8bit?20MHz?ATmega328?microcontroller,?a?512kbyte?flash?memory?chip?and?an?8kbyte?RAM?device.

Designed?for?construction?by?beginners,?it?is?supplied?pre-loaded?with?the?Forth?programming?language,?providing?a?simple,?efficient?environment?in?which?to?interactively?learn?and?run?computer?code.?Power?is?supplied?via?a?USB?port,?and?the?board?connects?to?a?PAL?or?NTSC?format?TV?displaying?a?25x24?text?or?160x160?bitmapped?graphic?image.?No?external?keyboard?and?mouse?are?required?to?get?started:?all?commands?and?programming?can?be?executed?easily?using?the?on-board?eight-key?keypad.

The?distributor?supplies?the?kit?with?a?set?of?sample?programs?including?games?and?utilities?pre-programmed?into?the?flash?memory?chip.?Schools?will?find?the?analogue?data?logger?useful?as?it?allows?students?to?connect?up?simple?sensors?and?graphically?display?the?measurements.?All?source?code?is?visible?allowing?students?to?experiment?by?modifying?existing?code?before?moving?on?to?create?their?own.

Assembly?instructions?and?easy-to-follow?tutorials?are?on?the?FIGnition?website.?Additional?support?is?available?through?the?user?community.